A former BBC soap drama star was allegedly arrested last week on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.
According to a report in The Sun, former Eastenders star Katie Jarvis was involved in a brawl outside a pub in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, last Friday.
Video footage appears to show a white woman fitting Jarvis’ appearance and description fighting with a group of black women, after allegedly shouting “f*** Black Lives Matter” and calling one of them a “fing black c”, according to a witness.
The incident allegedly started when the former star attempted to take a chair from the group’s outdoor table.
Video of the fight, which has been shared on social media, shows Jarvis pushing another reveller before the conflict spilt onto the street.
The actor is best known for playing Hayley Slater on the BBC soap from 2018 to 2019, as well as for her starring role in Andrea Arnold’s acclaimed 2009 film Fish Tank.
An Essex Police spokesperson said: “A 29-year old woman was arrested on Friday, July 31 just after 10.05pm following reports of a disturbance in Marine Parade, Southend.
“She has been arrested on suspicion of assault and racially aggravated public order. She has been released on bail until Friday, August 21.”